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Psalter-Hours of Guiluys de Boisleux
France, Arras, after 1246
MS M.730 fol. 173v

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Initial A:
Psalm 120 (Vulg., 119).
Initial A, formed by two fantastic animals, one with foliate tendrils enclosing male beggar, wearing flat-topped hood, holding staff and bowl.
Initial L:
Psalm 121 (Vulg., 120).
Initial L formed by two fantastic animals, one biting the other with foliate tail and open jaws from which emerges male musician playing viol.
Line ending: escutcheon of gules, a cross argent.
Line ending: long-eared hybrid animal with two bodies.
Line ending: three escutcheons, the first Boisleux, the second Neuville-Vitasse, and the third, gules, a bordure argent.
Line ending: hybrid man, armed with sword and shield (buckler), encountering nude man, indicating hindquarters with right hand, holding stick in left hand, and looking back (Scene, Obscaena).
Line endings: geometric and foliate ornament.
Text page of Office of the Dead, Vespers, Psalms 120 (Vulg., 119) and 121 (Vulg., 120).

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